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Posted on July 8, 2017 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2017 Calendar of Events, Family Fun 2017, July 2017 Activities and Events, Summer Fun 2017 and tagged with , , ,

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DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions for

FREE Weekend DMV Events:
Saturday, July 8 & Sunday, July 9, 2017

Family Fun in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes Story time with the Nationals, Festivals, Fireworks, Concerts, Movies,  & More!

Sponsored By:

Orin Knows Real Estate -Banner 2

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

***  Visit the Calendar for additional happenings.***  

*** Washington, DC ***  

DC Public library - Story Time with the Washington NationalsStory Time with the Washington Nationals
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
DC Public Library – Woodridge Branch
Join the DC Public Library for a special Story Time with Washington Nationals pitcher Matt Albers.
DC Public Library – Tenley-Friendship Branch
Join DC Public Library for a special story time with Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton.
Click here to learn more about Summer Reading or stop by your neighborhood library to sign up today.

Fort Stevens Day–153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens
Historic grounds of Fort Stevens
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE
Come learn more about the only Civil War battle to take place in the nation’s capital in the
summer of July 1864! Event will include Civil War re-enactors, living history demonstrations, live period music, historic talks/walks, book-signings, and 19th-century children’s games and crafts.
NOTE: Opening ceremony, 10 am, features keynote address by noted Howard University historian, Edna Green Medford. Afternoon programs include an array of interpretive and educational activities including hot air balloon corps, military and civilian re-enactors, hourly musket firing demonstrations, period music, 19th century children’s games and crafts, and more. Event concludes with a walk to Battleground Cemetery with a memorial service for the Union soldiers buried there. View complete program and times.

Heritage Family Days: Your Eclipse
National Air and Space Museum
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Late this summer, a solar eclipse will cross the entire United States, coast to coast. Join us for a day of special programming designed to get you excited about the August 21 eclipse. At Your Eclipse you can:
∙Learn about the science of eclipses
∙Make your own safe solar eclipse viewer
∙Plan how you’ll observe the eclipse in August
∙Share your experiences of past eclipses
∙Learn how to photograph the eclipse from experienced astrophotographers
The full schedule of the event can be found here.

The “Write” Stuff: Literacy, Writing, and Research Festival
Boeing Learning Center  & William G. McGowan Theater
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free admission & open to all
Do you love reading, learning new things, and writing? Do you want to learn more about what it is like to do research and write stories? Join the National Archives and some of your favorite authors and illustrators for a free summer writing festival!
Highlights include:
– Discover literacy and research organizations and their available resources.
– Enjoy story times with special guest readers.
– Participate in activities led by featured authors and illustrators Marty Rhodes Figley, Syl Sobel, Janet Macreery, Diane Kidd and Margaret A. Weitekamp, John Hendrix, Tim Grove, Tonya Bolden, and Kitty Felde.
– Watch a live recording of the “Book Club for Kids” podcast with Kitty Felde, and special guest reader, NPR’s Susan Stamberg with young readers from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore.
– Meet featured authors and illustrators and get books signed.
– View DC National History Day project finalists.

Sound Scene X: Dissonance
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE, register here
Sound Scene X, organized by local sound collective DC Listening Lounge, unites audio artists and contributors from across the globe to transform the Hirshhorn into a sonic wonderland highlighting the unique sounds of D.C. This year’s, 10th annual event, focuses on the theme of “dissonance.”

National Gallery of Art - 75 years

Art Investigators (Ages 4-7)
National Gallery of Art
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 10:30 am and 12:00 pm & Sunday, July 9  ∙ 11:30 am and 1:00 pm ∙ FREE
Topic – Investigate: Helen Frankenthaler
Explore how Helen Frankenthaler’s abstract painting was inspired by landscapes. Then, make a painting without using brushes!
How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists’ choices, ask questions, and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children’s book, exploring one work of art in the galleries, and completing a simple hands-on activity. Children will receive a notebook to accompany the program. Each program is approximately 60 minutes.
Free drop-in programs designed for individual families on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no advance registration and space is limited, so please plan accordingly. Only accepting sign-in for children in the age range for which the program is tailored. Groups cannot be accommodated in the program.
NOTE: Program repeats on Monday, July 10 at 10:30 am and 12:00 pm
NEXT Weekend – Investigate: Georgia O’Keeffe
See the natural world through Georgia O’Keeffe’s eyes and discover the beauty found in a flower and then create a pastel drawing inspired by flowers.

Heurich House Museum -BuildingKids In The Castle
Heurich House Museum
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested
The Heurich House Museum will open its doors for free, kid-friendly, self-guided tours. Kids in the Castle allows visitors to explore the gilded details of the Heurich family home at their own pace. Children and parents are invited to wander through the house at their own pace and complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes. Once visitors have finished their tour, they can relax and play games in the museum’s Castle Garden, enjoying the summer sun in the convenient Dupont Circle oasis.

Backyard Band Drummers Clinic
7th & N St NW
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested
Join drummers from the Backyard Band for a drummers clinic.
#BackyardBandDrummersClinic    DPR Summer Signature Events

Park Vibes Series: Go-Go Clinic
Small Park on 7th & N St NW
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested
Come celebrate DC’s own sound of Go-Go music combined with high energy fitness dancing.
GO GO Sounds X Fitness Dance
#GOGOFITNESSDC #DCPARKVIBEZ

DPR Citywide Tennis Celebration 2017DPR’s Citywide Tennis Celebration
Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Tennis, food and a whole lot of fun!

NOTE: View a listing of DPR’s Summer Signature Events.

Free Family Workshops
Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Come see a 19th century grist mill in action and visit their historic orchard. Play with traditional toys and games! Make crafts such as cornhusk dolls, baskets, and candles!
Family workshops are designed for children ages 3+. All are welcome and no reservation required.
Note: Program repeats – July 22, August 12 and 26, September 9 and 23, & October 14 and 28. Learn more about Peirce Mill.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Celebrating 50 years

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
National Mall
Thru Sunday, July 9 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE Admission!
Celebrating 50 years of Folklife! This year the focus is the rich history and diversity of American circus arts. Visitors will see more than just a performance—you’ll go behind the scenes to learn from generations of circus families, emerging artists, and contemporary visionaries. Learn more here.

DC Public Library - Bike Repair ClinicsBike Repair Clinics
DC Public Library – Anacostia Takeout Branch
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ Free!
Volunteers from The Bike House, Gearin’ Up BicyclesVelocity CoopPhoenix Bikes, and Chrome Industries will provide bike repair services at no cost to the public outside of Anacostia Neighborhood Library on select Saturdays this summer from noon to 2:30 p.m. (Repeats Saturday, July 22nd)
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association will also be on hand to provide advice and connect bicyclists with resources. All ages and bikes are welcome!

Makers Generation: Basic Robotics
DC Public Library – Chevy Chase Branch
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Have fun experimenting with basic robotics in this workshop presented by Makers Generation!
Limited to 10 participants.
For children ages 6-12    Moana

Free Movie Night – Moana
Riggs LaSalle Rec Center – Field
Saturday, July 8 ∙  8:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Showing: Moana [PG] – Best for ages 6+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.
Free Popcorn, Cotton Cand and Water. Bring the kids, lawn chairs, and blankets.

DC Public Library - Self DefenseSelf Defense Class for Women
DC Public Library – Mt. Pleasant Branch
Sunday, July 9 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
A series of four women-oriented self defense classes with Master Gloria DuBisette of DC Gentle East Martial Arts. The first class is July 9th and will focus on basic responses to upright and vertical attacks.
The next classes in the series will be held on July 16, August 6 and August 13.
Classes are from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room on the Main Floor.
Please wear comfortable clothes.
Recommended for ages 13 and above.     family-yoga

Family Yoga!
DC Public Library – Mt. Pleasant Branch
Sunday, July 9 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Join us in the children’s room for free, family yoga.
In this program, you will:
∙Stretch your body with gentle yoga movements.
∙Move into new and familiar yoga positions.
∙Learn about yoga and its health benefits.
∙Relax with breathing exercises.
∙Do yoga with Dexter!

*** Maryland *** 

3rd Annual Voices of History Street Fair3rd Annual Voices of History Street Fair
The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free and open to the public*
In Celebration of 34 Years, join The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, Inc. and the Growing Griots Literacy Program as we showcase our history and culture through the African oral tradition of drumming, dancing, singing, storytelling, spoken word, art and first person oral history presentations of museum wax figures. Vendors will offer a variety of cultural merchandise. Celebrate African American History and Culture!
*NOTE: Museum Admission is not included in the Street Fair. Additional details here.

Fire Museum of Maryland

Antique Car Show
The Fire Museum of Maryland
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Each year the Chesapeake Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) puts on an antique car show at the Fire Museum. Featuring both classic and custom vehicles, as well as trucks, motorcycles, police and military vehicles, it’s an event the whole family will enjoy.

Montgomery ParksOakley Cabin Guided Tours
Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
No registration required.Enjoy tours of the historic cabin and learn about the African American experience after the Civil War.
Intended for ages All Ages

The Nighthawks
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE*
BlackRock and DC-favorite, The Nighthawks, are an American blues and roots music band based in Washington, DC with a history that spans more than 40 years.
*NOTE: All Summer Concerts will be performed on the BlackRock front lawn, weather permitting. Low-back lawn chairs and blankets are permitted along with food and non-alcoholic beverages. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will move inside to the BlackRock Mainstage.
Tickets are not required, but RSVPs are recommended to be the in-the-know about updates and weather decisions. summer concerts are free, but BlackRock incurs expenses to keep the beloved concert series going, including artist fees, overhead, and technical costs. Any donation you can give is welcome and super helpful in putting on these amazing outdoor shows.    AnnMarie

Full STEAM Ahead: A Program for Kids and Their Adults!
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
Sunday, July 9 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ Reservations not required; just drop in!
Preschool and elementary age children, and their caretakers, are invited to visit the artLAB at Annmarie Garden for hands-on investigations and challenges! Each session will help children explore, observe, ask questions, and make predictions about the world around them as they create and play! We’ll investigate a variety of concepts in STEAM–science, technology, engineering, art, and math!
Repeats: August 13, October 8, and November 12

Hike Club
Black Hill Nature Programs
Sunday, July 9 ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ FREE!
The first rule of Hike Club – have fun! Improve your fitness, make new friends and experience trails and scenery we don’t often make time to immerse ourselves in. We welcome all ages, though young children must be able to walk at least 3 miles or be carried. Most trails are not stroller accessible. Please register no later than 24 hours before the hike so we can contact you with the hike’s location and other important information.
Intended for ages 1 & up

Movies On The Potomac – Annie (2014)
National Harbor
Sunday, July 9 ∙  6:00 pm ∙ FREE! (fee for parking)
Pack a picnic and your chairs! Meet at the Plaza screen for an evening of fun for all ages!
Showing: Annie (2014) [PG] – Best for ages 7+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.

Fairwood Summer Series Presents The Red Sessions Band
Fairwood Community Park
Sunday, July 9 ∙  7:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy food trucks and a free performance by Redfootz Presents the Red Sessions! All ages are welcome

*** Virginia ***  

Arts in the Parks
Fairfax County
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE Children’s Entertainment Series
Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation bring your family the enjoyment
of their beautiful outdoor parks and the fascinating world of the performing arts. Programs held at outdoor amphitheaters:
Burke Lake Park – The Goodlife Theater (Puppets)
E.C. Lawrence Park – Mr. Jon & Friends (Children Songs)
Mason District Park – The Great Zucchini (Comedy/Magic)
NOTE: Wednesday performances at Frying Pan Farm Park – On July 12th, Rocknoceros (Children Songs) at 10am.     Rocknoceros

Family Fun Entertainment Series – Rocknoceros
Reston Town Square Park [Corner of Market Street and Explorer Street]
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission & Parking!
Coach Cotton, Williebob and Boogie Woogie Bernie are Rocknoceros, the Washington, DC area’s award winning band that makes very cool music for children of all ages. They write terrific songs that teach even the youngest music fans and most importantly, they are having fun! View the full Family Fun Entertainment Line Up
Reminder: Parking is free on weekends at Reston Town Center.

Kidz Korner – McGrath Irish Dance
Old Town Square
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 10:30am ∙ Free Show!
NOTE: Kidz Korner Children’s Event – Summer on the Square repeats Saturday’s June – September, 10:30am – 11:30am, weather permitting. A variety of children’s activities and entertainment.

Lakeshore Learning Project - Summer Memories ScrapbookFREE Crafts for Kids
Lakeshore
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
Project: Summer Memories Scrapbook [Make it at Home]
A new project every Saturday 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. No reservations necessary.   8th Annual Ruby Tucker Day

8th Annual Ruby Tucker Day & Literacy FUNfest
Ruby Tucker Family Center
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ FREE!
Join us in the courtyard and enjoy this fun-filled family event honoring the legacy of the late Ruby Tucker and her contributions to the city of Alexandria. This year we are celebrating literacy and putting an exciting twist on reading. The festival will showcase a variety of fun, reading-related activities and resources.

USA - Alexandria Birthday CelebrationUSA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration
Oronoco Bay Park
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Event to celebrate the 241st birthday of the USA and the 268th birthday of the City of Alexandria, featuring entertainment, cannon salute during the 1812 Overture, food and beverage sales, and grand Finale fireworks at 9:30. Come celebrate at the biggest party in the City!

Second Saturday Art Walk
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
From 6p-9p on the Second Saturday of each month to discover all the Workhouse Arts Center has to offer. Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, the Second Saturday Art Walk is the perfect time to meet nearly 100 Resident and Associate Artists, creating art in the studios or exhibiting in our galleries. Thrilling performances of dance, cabaret, comedy, big band, jazz, and theater. Indulgent classes in the art of mixology or cuisines from around the globe. Art exhibitions in nine galleries of the region’s finest sculpture, painting, glass, ceramics, and fiber art works.
NOTE: Enjoy Mount Vernon Nights: North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD) during your visit too!

Movie Under the Stars – The Mighty Ducks
Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center
Saturday, July 8 ∙  7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Showing: The Mighty Ducks [PG] – Best for ages 11+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.
NOTE: Children’s entertainment on Wednesday morning. Live music and family time.
Entertaining this week (July 12th): Tony M

Movie Night – SATURDAYS @ PENROSE SQUARE
Saturday, July 8 ∙  8:35 pm ∙ FREE!
Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO)’s 30 Years: Celebrating the Great Movies of 1987(ish)!
Dirty Dancing (1987) [PG-13] – Best for ages 12+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.
NOTE: Carry a watermelon to Penrose Square to be eligible to enter a Dirty Dancing Quiz with a prize! #CPMovieNights

Sunday Art In The Park at GRACE: Stencils and Prints
Reston Town Square Park
Sunday, July 9 ∙  3:00 pm ∙ Free. All ages welcome.
Before attending the Sunday concert – Sunday Art In The Park with Shenandoah Conservatory: String Ensemble, come to the gallery to see the work of Radcliffe Bailey and take part in a free art-making activity. Fun for adults and kids alike!

Summer Sundays Concerts in the Park: Trio Caliente
McLean Central Park Gazebo
Sunday, July 9 ∙  5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Set to a wide array of Latin grooves with vocals in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and English (video), Trio Caliente’s sound is reminiscent of The Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista Social Club and Strunz & Farah, but with a flavor all their own.
NOTE: Free concerts at 5 p.m. every Sunday in July in McLean Central Park Gazebo.
Sunday Evening Movie: Little Giants
Strawberry Park
Sunday, July 9 ∙  6:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Showing: Little Giants [PG] – Best for ages 10+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.
Great Deals Look hereHarry PotterHarry Potter and the Silver Screen
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Saturday, July 8 ∙  11:00 am ∙ $5
July 8-Aug 26. All tickets $5! The first Harry Potter novel was published 20 years ago, on June 26, 1997. To celebrate the occasion, this summer AFI Silver will be screening all eight of the beloved books’ film
Read Harry Potter Age-by-Age Guide from Common Sense Media here.
Rendering of Hive oculus, courtesy Studio Gang.

Rendering of Hive oculus, courtesy Studio Gang.

HIVE
National Building Museum
Thru Monday, September 4th

The National Building Museum and Studio Gang present Hive, the latest Summer Block Party installation in the Great Hall.
Soaring to the uppermost reaches of the Museum, Hive is built entirely of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, a construction material that is recyclable, lightweight, and renewable. The tubes vary in size from several inches to 10 feet high and will be interlocked to create three dynamic interconnected, domed chambers. Reaching 60 feet tall, the installation’s tallest dome features an oculus over 10 feet in diameter. The tubes feature a reflective silver exterior and vivid magenta interior, creating a spectacular visual contrast with the Museum’s historic nineteenth-century interior and colossal Corinthian columns.
HIVE TICKETS
Tickets for Hive include admission to all other current National Building Museum exhibitions.
FREE: National Building Museum Members (Join now to get free access this summer)
$16: Adult
$13: Youth/Student with ID/Senior
$5: Blue Star ages 3 and up with ID (limit 6 per family)
WARD DAYS: D.C. residents are invited to visit Hive with complimentary admission from 9–11 am on their specific Ward Days with story time and mobile library book check-out provided by DC Public Library. Residency is verified by id’s zip code.
Tuesday, July 18 – Ward 3, Councilmember Cheh & Ward 8, Councilmember T. White, Sr.
At Large, Councilmember Bonds
Tuesday, July 25 – Ward 1, Councilmember Nadeau & Ward 6, Councilmember Allen
At Large, Councilmember R. White
Tuesday, August 1 – Ward 4, Councilmember Todd & Ward 2, Councilmember Evans
At Large, Councilmember Mendelson & At Large, Councilmember Silverman
Tuesday, August 8 – Ward 5, Councilmember McDuffie & Ward 7, Councilmember Gray
UniverSoul Circus -Banner
UniverSoul Circus
The #BestCircusEver Returns to the DMV!
Washington, DC area thru July 23, 2017

The UniverSoul Circus is a world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families. UniverSoul Circus has come full circle in its influence in the international entertainment marketplace – garnering the distinction of being known as a one-of-a-kind, must see attraction. Ticket Information & Discounts here.  

Newseum

Annual Summer Fun Deal
Kids 18 and younger get free admission to the Newseum
Through Sept. 4, 2017

With the purchase of at least one general adult ($24.95 plus tax) or senior ($19.95 plus tax) admission ticket, up to four kids get in for free (regular youth admission is $14.95 plus tax). And just like all Newseum tickets, Summer Fun Deal tickets are valid for two consecutive days, making it the perfect summer outing for the whole family. Tickets will now be available both at the museum ticket counter and online.

Giveaway Reminder

#DCTMGiveaway…. 

MPG - Preit Perks PhotoSummer Shopping, PREIT Perks & Changes at MPG!
The Mall at Prince Georges
The Mall at Prince Georges (MPG) is renovating! New stores arriving and PREIT Perks program, which rewards you for shopping. Learn about my #MPGSummerShopping experience and additional ways to maximize your summer shopping budget. PREIT Perks Information & Enter to win a $40 MPG Gift Card and tote bag with additional swag here.   

Enjoy your Weekend!

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FREE Weekend DMV Events: July 8 & 9

Posted on July 8, 2017 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2017 Calendar of Events, Family Fun 2017, July 2017 Activities and Events, Summer Fun 2017 and tagged with , , ,

FREE - Red and Moving

DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions for

FREE Weekend DMV Events:
Saturday, July 8 & Sunday, July 9, 2017

Family Fun in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes Story time with the Nationals, Festivals, Fireworks, Concerts, Movies,  & More!

Sponsored By:

Orin Knows Real Estate -Banner 2

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

***  Visit the Calendar for additional happenings.***  

*** Washington, DC ***  

DC Public library - Story Time with the Washington NationalsStory Time with the Washington Nationals
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
DC Public Library – Woodridge Branch
Join the DC Public Library for a special Story Time with Washington Nationals pitcher Matt Albers.
DC Public Library – Tenley-Friendship Branch
Join DC Public Library for a special story time with Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton.
Click here to learn more about Summer Reading or stop by your neighborhood library to sign up today.

Fort Stevens Day–153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens
Historic grounds of Fort Stevens
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE
Come learn more about the only Civil War battle to take place in the nation’s capital in the
summer of July 1864! Event will include Civil War re-enactors, living history demonstrations, live period music, historic talks/walks, book-signings, and 19th-century children’s games and crafts.
NOTE: Opening ceremony, 10 am, features keynote address by noted Howard University historian, Edna Green Medford. Afternoon programs include an array of interpretive and educational activities including hot air balloon corps, military and civilian re-enactors, hourly musket firing demonstrations, period music, 19th century children’s games and crafts, and more. Event concludes with a walk to Battleground Cemetery with a memorial service for the Union soldiers buried there. View complete program and times.

Heritage Family Days: Your Eclipse
National Air and Space Museum
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Late this summer, a solar eclipse will cross the entire United States, coast to coast. Join us for a day of special programming designed to get you excited about the August 21 eclipse. At Your Eclipse you can:
∙Learn about the science of eclipses
∙Make your own safe solar eclipse viewer
∙Plan how you’ll observe the eclipse in August
∙Share your experiences of past eclipses
∙Learn how to photograph the eclipse from experienced astrophotographers
The full schedule of the event can be found here.

The “Write” Stuff: Literacy, Writing, and Research Festival
Boeing Learning Center  & William G. McGowan Theater
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free admission & open to all
Do you love reading, learning new things, and writing? Do you want to learn more about what it is like to do research and write stories? Join the National Archives and some of your favorite authors and illustrators for a free summer writing festival!
Highlights include:
– Discover literacy and research organizations and their available resources.
– Enjoy story times with special guest readers.
– Participate in activities led by featured authors and illustrators Marty Rhodes Figley, Syl Sobel, Janet Macreery, Diane Kidd and Margaret A. Weitekamp, John Hendrix, Tim Grove, Tonya Bolden, and Kitty Felde.
– Watch a live recording of the “Book Club for Kids” podcast with Kitty Felde, and special guest reader, NPR’s Susan Stamberg with young readers from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore.
– Meet featured authors and illustrators and get books signed.
– View DC National History Day project finalists.

Sound Scene X: Dissonance
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE, register here
Sound Scene X, organized by local sound collective DC Listening Lounge, unites audio artists and contributors from across the globe to transform the Hirshhorn into a sonic wonderland highlighting the unique sounds of D.C. This year’s, 10th annual event, focuses on the theme of “dissonance.”

National Gallery of Art - 75 years

Art Investigators (Ages 4-7)
National Gallery of Art
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 10:30 am and 12:00 pm & Sunday, July 9  ∙ 11:30 am and 1:00 pm ∙ FREE
Topic – Investigate: Helen Frankenthaler
Explore how Helen Frankenthaler’s abstract painting was inspired by landscapes. Then, make a painting without using brushes!
How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists’ choices, ask questions, and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children’s book, exploring one work of art in the galleries, and completing a simple hands-on activity. Children will receive a notebook to accompany the program. Each program is approximately 60 minutes.
Free drop-in programs designed for individual families on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no advance registration and space is limited, so please plan accordingly. Only accepting sign-in for children in the age range for which the program is tailored. Groups cannot be accommodated in the program.
NOTE: Program repeats on Monday, July 10 at 10:30 am and 12:00 pm
NEXT Weekend – Investigate: Georgia O’Keeffe
See the natural world through Georgia O’Keeffe’s eyes and discover the beauty found in a flower and then create a pastel drawing inspired by flowers.

Heurich House Museum -BuildingKids In The Castle
Heurich House Museum
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested
The Heurich House Museum will open its doors for free, kid-friendly, self-guided tours. Kids in the Castle allows visitors to explore the gilded details of the Heurich family home at their own pace. Children and parents are invited to wander through the house at their own pace and complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes. Once visitors have finished their tour, they can relax and play games in the museum’s Castle Garden, enjoying the summer sun in the convenient Dupont Circle oasis.

Backyard Band Drummers Clinic
7th & N St NW
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested
Join drummers from the Backyard Band for a drummers clinic.
#BackyardBandDrummersClinic    DPR Summer Signature Events

Park Vibes Series: Go-Go Clinic
Small Park on 7th & N St NW
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested
Come celebrate DC’s own sound of Go-Go music combined with high energy fitness dancing.
GO GO Sounds X Fitness Dance
#GOGOFITNESSDC #DCPARKVIBEZ

DPR Citywide Tennis Celebration 2017DPR’s Citywide Tennis Celebration
Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Tennis, food and a whole lot of fun!

NOTE: View a listing of DPR’s Summer Signature Events.

Free Family Workshops
Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park
Saturday, July 8  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Come see a 19th century grist mill in action and visit their historic orchard. Play with traditional toys and games! Make crafts such as cornhusk dolls, baskets, and candles!
Family workshops are designed for children ages 3+. All are welcome and no reservation required.
Note: Program repeats – July 22, August 12 and 26, September 9 and 23, & October 14 and 28. Learn more about Peirce Mill.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Celebrating 50 years

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
National Mall
Thru Sunday, July 9 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE Admission!
Celebrating 50 years of Folklife! This year the focus is the rich history and diversity of American circus arts. Visitors will see more than just a performance—you’ll go behind the scenes to learn from generations of circus families, emerging artists, and contemporary visionaries. Learn more here.

DC Public Library - Bike Repair ClinicsBike Repair Clinics
DC Public Library – Anacostia Takeout Branch
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ Free!
Volunteers from The Bike House, Gearin’ Up BicyclesVelocity CoopPhoenix Bikes, and Chrome Industries will provide bike repair services at no cost to the public outside of Anacostia Neighborhood Library on select Saturdays this summer from noon to 2:30 p.m. (Repeats Saturday, July 22nd)
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association will also be on hand to provide advice and connect bicyclists with resources. All ages and bikes are welcome!

Makers Generation: Basic Robotics
DC Public Library – Chevy Chase Branch
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Have fun experimenting with basic robotics in this workshop presented by Makers Generation!
Limited to 10 participants.
For children ages 6-12    Moana

Free Movie Night – Moana
Riggs LaSalle Rec Center – Field
Saturday, July 8 ∙  8:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Showing: Moana [PG] – Best for ages 6+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.
Free Popcorn, Cotton Cand and Water. Bring the kids, lawn chairs, and blankets.

DC Public Library - Self DefenseSelf Defense Class for Women
DC Public Library – Mt. Pleasant Branch
Sunday, July 9 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
A series of four women-oriented self defense classes with Master Gloria DuBisette of DC Gentle East Martial Arts. The first class is July 9th and will focus on basic responses to upright and vertical attacks.
The next classes in the series will be held on July 16, August 6 and August 13.
Classes are from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room on the Main Floor.
Please wear comfortable clothes.
Recommended for ages 13 and above.     family-yoga

Family Yoga!
DC Public Library – Mt. Pleasant Branch
Sunday, July 9 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Join us in the children’s room for free, family yoga.
In this program, you will:
∙Stretch your body with gentle yoga movements.
∙Move into new and familiar yoga positions.
∙Learn about yoga and its health benefits.
∙Relax with breathing exercises.
∙Do yoga with Dexter!

*** Maryland *** 

3rd Annual Voices of History Street Fair3rd Annual Voices of History Street Fair
The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Free and open to the public*
In Celebration of 34 Years, join The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, Inc. and the Growing Griots Literacy Program as we showcase our history and culture through the African oral tradition of drumming, dancing, singing, storytelling, spoken word, art and first person oral history presentations of museum wax figures. Vendors will offer a variety of cultural merchandise. Celebrate African American History and Culture!
*NOTE: Museum Admission is not included in the Street Fair. Additional details here.

Fire Museum of Maryland

Antique Car Show
The Fire Museum of Maryland
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Each year the Chesapeake Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) puts on an antique car show at the Fire Museum. Featuring both classic and custom vehicles, as well as trucks, motorcycles, police and military vehicles, it’s an event the whole family will enjoy.

Montgomery ParksOakley Cabin Guided Tours
Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
No registration required.Enjoy tours of the historic cabin and learn about the African American experience after the Civil War.
Intended for ages All Ages

The Nighthawks
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE*
BlackRock and DC-favorite, The Nighthawks, are an American blues and roots music band based in Washington, DC with a history that spans more than 40 years.
*NOTE: All Summer Concerts will be performed on the BlackRock front lawn, weather permitting. Low-back lawn chairs and blankets are permitted along with food and non-alcoholic beverages. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will move inside to the BlackRock Mainstage.
Tickets are not required, but RSVPs are recommended to be the in-the-know about updates and weather decisions. summer concerts are free, but BlackRock incurs expenses to keep the beloved concert series going, including artist fees, overhead, and technical costs. Any donation you can give is welcome and super helpful in putting on these amazing outdoor shows.    AnnMarie

Full STEAM Ahead: A Program for Kids and Their Adults!
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
Sunday, July 9 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ Reservations not required; just drop in!
Preschool and elementary age children, and their caretakers, are invited to visit the artLAB at Annmarie Garden for hands-on investigations and challenges! Each session will help children explore, observe, ask questions, and make predictions about the world around them as they create and play! We’ll investigate a variety of concepts in STEAM–science, technology, engineering, art, and math!
Repeats: August 13, October 8, and November 12

Hike Club
Black Hill Nature Programs
Sunday, July 9 ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ FREE!
The first rule of Hike Club – have fun! Improve your fitness, make new friends and experience trails and scenery we don’t often make time to immerse ourselves in. We welcome all ages, though young children must be able to walk at least 3 miles or be carried. Most trails are not stroller accessible. Please register no later than 24 hours before the hike so we can contact you with the hike’s location and other important information.
Intended for ages 1 & up

Movies On The Potomac – Annie (2014)
National Harbor
Sunday, July 9 ∙  6:00 pm ∙ FREE! (fee for parking)
Pack a picnic and your chairs! Meet at the Plaza screen for an evening of fun for all ages!
Showing: Annie (2014) [PG] – Best for ages 7+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.

Fairwood Summer Series Presents The Red Sessions Band
Fairwood Community Park
Sunday, July 9 ∙  7:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy food trucks and a free performance by Redfootz Presents the Red Sessions! All ages are welcome

*** Virginia ***  

Arts in the Parks
Fairfax County
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE Children’s Entertainment Series
Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation bring your family the enjoyment
of their beautiful outdoor parks and the fascinating world of the performing arts. Programs held at outdoor amphitheaters:
Burke Lake Park – The Goodlife Theater (Puppets)
E.C. Lawrence Park – Mr. Jon & Friends (Children Songs)
Mason District Park – The Great Zucchini (Comedy/Magic)
NOTE: Wednesday performances at Frying Pan Farm Park – On July 12th, Rocknoceros (Children Songs) at 10am.     Rocknoceros

Family Fun Entertainment Series – Rocknoceros
Reston Town Square Park [Corner of Market Street and Explorer Street]
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission & Parking!
Coach Cotton, Williebob and Boogie Woogie Bernie are Rocknoceros, the Washington, DC area’s award winning band that makes very cool music for children of all ages. They write terrific songs that teach even the youngest music fans and most importantly, they are having fun! View the full Family Fun Entertainment Line Up
Reminder: Parking is free on weekends at Reston Town Center.

Kidz Korner – McGrath Irish Dance
Old Town Square
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 10:30am ∙ Free Show!
NOTE: Kidz Korner Children’s Event – Summer on the Square repeats Saturday’s June – September, 10:30am – 11:30am, weather permitting. A variety of children’s activities and entertainment.

Lakeshore Learning Project - Summer Memories ScrapbookFREE Crafts for Kids
Lakeshore
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
Project: Summer Memories Scrapbook [Make it at Home]
A new project every Saturday 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. No reservations necessary.   8th Annual Ruby Tucker Day

8th Annual Ruby Tucker Day & Literacy FUNfest
Ruby Tucker Family Center
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ FREE!
Join us in the courtyard and enjoy this fun-filled family event honoring the legacy of the late Ruby Tucker and her contributions to the city of Alexandria. This year we are celebrating literacy and putting an exciting twist on reading. The festival will showcase a variety of fun, reading-related activities and resources.

USA - Alexandria Birthday CelebrationUSA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration
Oronoco Bay Park
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Event to celebrate the 241st birthday of the USA and the 268th birthday of the City of Alexandria, featuring entertainment, cannon salute during the 1812 Overture, food and beverage sales, and grand Finale fireworks at 9:30. Come celebrate at the biggest party in the City!

Second Saturday Art Walk
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, July 8 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
From 6p-9p on the Second Saturday of each month to discover all the Workhouse Arts Center has to offer. Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, the Second Saturday Art Walk is the perfect time to meet nearly 100 Resident and Associate Artists, creating art in the studios or exhibiting in our galleries. Thrilling performances of dance, cabaret, comedy, big band, jazz, and theater. Indulgent classes in the art of mixology or cuisines from around the globe. Art exhibitions in nine galleries of the region’s finest sculpture, painting, glass, ceramics, and fiber art works.
NOTE: Enjoy Mount Vernon Nights: North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD) during your visit too!

Movie Under the Stars – The Mighty Ducks
Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center
Saturday, July 8 ∙  7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Showing: The Mighty Ducks [PG] – Best for ages 11+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.
NOTE: Children’s entertainment on Wednesday morning. Live music and family time.
Entertaining this week (July 12th): Tony M

Movie Night – SATURDAYS @ PENROSE SQUARE
Saturday, July 8 ∙  8:35 pm ∙ FREE!
Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO)’s 30 Years: Celebrating the Great Movies of 1987(ish)!
Dirty Dancing (1987) [PG-13] – Best for ages 12+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.
NOTE: Carry a watermelon to Penrose Square to be eligible to enter a Dirty Dancing Quiz with a prize! #CPMovieNights

Sunday Art In The Park at GRACE: Stencils and Prints
Reston Town Square Park
Sunday, July 9 ∙  3:00 pm ∙ Free. All ages welcome.
Before attending the Sunday concert – Sunday Art In The Park with Shenandoah Conservatory: String Ensemble, come to the gallery to see the work of Radcliffe Bailey and take part in a free art-making activity. Fun for adults and kids alike!

Summer Sundays Concerts in the Park: Trio Caliente
McLean Central Park Gazebo
Sunday, July 9 ∙  5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Set to a wide array of Latin grooves with vocals in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and English (video), Trio Caliente’s sound is reminiscent of The Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista Social Club and Strunz & Farah, but with a flavor all their own.
NOTE: Free concerts at 5 p.m. every Sunday in July in McLean Central Park Gazebo.
Sunday Evening Movie: Little Giants
Strawberry Park
Sunday, July 9 ∙  6:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Showing: Little Giants [PG] – Best for ages 10+ – Read review from Common Sense Media here.
Great Deals Look hereHarry PotterHarry Potter and the Silver Screen
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Saturday, July 8 ∙  11:00 am ∙ $5
July 8-Aug 26. All tickets $5! The first Harry Potter novel was published 20 years ago, on June 26, 1997. To celebrate the occasion, this summer AFI Silver will be screening all eight of the beloved books’ film
Read Harry Potter Age-by-Age Guide from Common Sense Media here.
Rendering of Hive oculus, courtesy Studio Gang.

Rendering of Hive oculus, courtesy Studio Gang.

HIVE
National Building Museum
Thru Monday, September 4th

The National Building Museum and Studio Gang present Hive, the latest Summer Block Party installation in the Great Hall.
Soaring to the uppermost reaches of the Museum, Hive is built entirely of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, a construction material that is recyclable, lightweight, and renewable. The tubes vary in size from several inches to 10 feet high and will be interlocked to create three dynamic interconnected, domed chambers. Reaching 60 feet tall, the installation’s tallest dome features an oculus over 10 feet in diameter. The tubes feature a reflective silver exterior and vivid magenta interior, creating a spectacular visual contrast with the Museum’s historic nineteenth-century interior and colossal Corinthian columns.
HIVE TICKETS
Tickets for Hive include admission to all other current National Building Museum exhibitions.
FREE: National Building Museum Members (Join now to get free access this summer)
$16: Adult
$13: Youth/Student with ID/Senior
$5: Blue Star ages 3 and up with ID (limit 6 per family)
WARD DAYS: D.C. residents are invited to visit Hive with complimentary admission from 9–11 am on their specific Ward Days with story time and mobile library book check-out provided by DC Public Library. Residency is verified by id’s zip code.
Tuesday, July 18 – Ward 3, Councilmember Cheh & Ward 8, Councilmember T. White, Sr.
At Large, Councilmember Bonds
Tuesday, July 25 – Ward 1, Councilmember Nadeau & Ward 6, Councilmember Allen
At Large, Councilmember R. White
Tuesday, August 1 – Ward 4, Councilmember Todd & Ward 2, Councilmember Evans
At Large, Councilmember Mendelson & At Large, Councilmember Silverman
Tuesday, August 8 – Ward 5, Councilmember McDuffie & Ward 7, Councilmember Gray
UniverSoul Circus -Banner
UniverSoul Circus
The #BestCircusEver Returns to the DMV!
Washington, DC area thru July 23, 2017

The UniverSoul Circus is a world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families. UniverSoul Circus has come full circle in its influence in the international entertainment marketplace – garnering the distinction of being known as a one-of-a-kind, must see attraction. Ticket Information & Discounts here.  

Newseum

Annual Summer Fun Deal
Kids 18 and younger get free admission to the Newseum
Through Sept. 4, 2017

With the purchase of at least one general adult ($24.95 plus tax) or senior ($19.95 plus tax) admission ticket, up to four kids get in for free (regular youth admission is $14.95 plus tax). And just like all Newseum tickets, Summer Fun Deal tickets are valid for two consecutive days, making it the perfect summer outing for the whole family. Tickets will now be available both at the museum ticket counter and online.

Giveaway Reminder

#DCTMGiveaway…. 

MPG - Preit Perks PhotoSummer Shopping, PREIT Perks & Changes at MPG!
The Mall at Prince Georges
The Mall at Prince Georges (MPG) is renovating! New stores arriving and PREIT Perks program, which rewards you for shopping. Learn about my #MPGSummerShopping experience and additional ways to maximize your summer shopping budget. PREIT Perks Information & Enter to win a $40 MPG Gift Card and tote bag with additional swag here.   

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